Episode 9: Top Bar Bee Keeping with the “bare foot beekeeper”

Phil Chandler, author of The Barefoot Beekeeper joins us today on the podcast to talk all about getting started in and maintaining a top bar hive.

  1. Learn what equipment you need to get started in top bar hives (not much!)
  2. Learn why top bar hives might be the ticket for many people who wouldn’t be able to handle the heavy lifting involved with traditional framed hives
  3. How to source your bees
  4. Thoughts on honey production
  5. Catching wild swarms
  6. The truth about bee packages
  7. Integrated Pest Management strategies
  8. Much more!


  1. New Sponsor: The Food Security Knowledge Pack
  2. Must Read Information for new beekeepers – http://www.biobees.com/DownloadFree/so_you_want_to_keep_bees.pdf
  3. The Barefoot Beekeeper
  4. http://www.biobees.com/forum
  5. http://www.biobees.com
  6. Top Bar Hive Plans

Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of SaveOurSkills.com. Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • Bee keeping would be fine if you have acreage. I have a small suburban backyard, this would not go down with the powers that be.

  • Anonymous

    Chad, I’m not sure where you live so I can’t speak to the powers that be there. However here in western PA most of the beekeepers I have met are either suburban or urban in nature. Many people who live in row type housing in pittsburgh in an area known as the “mexican war streets” keep bees. In fact there are apartment dwellers that have them on balconies. In the city of pittsburgh you can license your apiary for $300 one time fee and that designates your site as an apiary… it is a one time fee.

    Anyway I thought I would just let you know that bee keeping is a great hobby for the small stakeholder.

  • Anonymous
  • Jono

    Just finished this episode – I think it’s the best one yet. The quality of the audio was the best so far, and the questions and guest really put it over the top. I enjoyed the whole episode quite a bit, from the interesting tip about knowing if apples (and I assume other similar fruits) are under pollinated to his observation about the downside to mail-order colonies.

    A lot of info, I’ll probably have to listen to it again after I’ve thought it over some more. Keep up the great work!

  • CalGal

    Just finished listening to the interview… FANTASTIC! Great job and wonderful information.
    Thanks so much Nick 🙂

  • Thanks so much, I finally thik i nailed down the sound issues (i hope!!)

  • Asdf

    This webpage has a link to a pdf describing the Top Bar Hive with measurements and includes plans and templates for making your own smoker.


  • Anonymous

    the pdf for the beehive doesn’t work when i try to download it —NEVERMIND— right click “save as” seemed to work